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Extra resources for American Men: Who They Are & How They Live
In 2006, 66 percent of boys who graduated from high school continued their education by enrolling in college, up from 58 percent in 1990. Among girls, the proportion rose from 62 to 66 percent during those years. Men accounted for the 44 percent minority of college students in 2006, just slightly lower than the 45 percent of 1990. While men’s college enrollment climbed 13 percent between 2000 and 2004, it has been falling since then. The number of men enrolled in college dropped by 69,000 between 2004 and 2006.
An even larger 87 percent of men support the right to abortion if a woman’s health is endangered. ■ Men are slightly more likely than women to support abortion for any reason. harcsda+gss06; calculations by New Strategist AMERICAN MEN 35 EDUCATION CHAPTER 2 Education ■ Men are better educated. Between 1950 and 2007, the proportion of men with a high school diploma climbed from 33 to 85 percent. The proportion with a college degree rose from 7 to 30 percent. ■ Middle-aged men are better educated than those younger or older.
It falls to 64 percent among 18- and 19-year-olds as a substantial portion of young adults choose not to go to college right after high school. Many men remain in school well into their twenties and thirties. One in four 22-to24-year-olds is in school, as are 10 percent of those aged 25 to 29 and 6 percent of 30-to-34year-olds. Among men aged 35 or older, more than 1 million are students. ■ Increasingly, education is viewed as a lifelong pursuit rather than something reserved for the young. html 48 AMERICAN MEN EDUCATION Men’s College Enrollment Rate Has Grown But the male share of college students has fallen slightly.
American Men: Who They Are & How They Live by New Strategist Editors